Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mom's Cornbread Dressing

I think I am one of the only people that do NOT like dressing. The rest of my family LOVES it and thinks something must be seriously wrong with me since I don't. Growing up every Thanksgiving and Christmas the EXACT same thing would happen. My mother would always put some dressing on my plate, I would go and sit at the "kiddie" table and cry because I didn't want to eat it, and then my grandmother (who was the sweetest lady EVER), would come in and eat my dressing for me so I wouldn't get in trouble. Finally I think my grandmother got tired of eating both her dressing and mine, so she asked my mom why in the world she kept making me eat something year after year that I obviously did NOT like. My mom said that because she loved it so much, she just couldn't understand me not liking it and kept thinking that at some point, if I ate it enough, I too would grow to love it. That never happened but I do make it every year for my family. The first Thanksgiving after she died I was so nervous that I wouldn't make it correctly and would ruin the day for my entire family but thankfully I had watched her enough to recreate her recipe- even though she never wrote it down.

1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced white onion
1 double batch of Nana's Cornbread
10 eggs
turkey broth (I have no idea how much- I just pour until it looks right- but I promise to measure on Thursday and add it here)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray. Crumble up cornbread in prepared pan. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Mix in diced celery and onion with hands. In large bowl beat 10 eggs. Pour over cornbread mixture. Carefully pour turkey stock into pan until all cornbread is well moistened. You do not want your cornbread mixture floating in the stock. Salt and pepper dressing and place on a cookie sheet and carefully place in oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until set.

TIP OF THE DAY: I really don't like dicing celery and onions and love this time of year when they sell containers of them pre-cut. The cost is about the same and it's a great time saver!

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Hot Chocolate Cookies